Thursday, June 13, 2013

For Proper 8C

God, we are here.
Here to pray, here to visit, here to re-connect.
God we are here.
Here to be refreshed, here to be challenged, here to be sent out.
God we are here.
In the time that we are here prepare us for the week that is to come, empower us to be people who live Your love.
This we pray in the name and spirit of the one who taught us about Your love and Your way, the one who taught his friends to pray together saying...
By their fruits they shall be known...
Apple or orange, healthy or poisonous, tasty or sour.
By their fruits they shall be known...
So what are we? We strive to be the good fruit that builds up the body.
You are what you eat...
Life-Giving God, help us to tend and pay attention to the good fruits around us, to take them in so that they would change and flow through us.
You are what you eat...
Feed us with the fruits of the spirit, and remind us that they are what we need – even when it would be so much more tempting to sneak something that looks so much more tasty.
God is the one who feeds us. God is the one who prepares us for life. God's grace allows us to learn what is wholesome and what is not. God is the gardener, helping us to produce sweet, healthy, fruit.
Thanks be to God who gives us growth. Amen.

What is the purpose of the fruit tree?
To produce fruit.
What is the purpose of the fruit of the tree?
To feed others, to carry the seed to other places.
You are the fruit of God's Tree of Life!
So we go out to feed others, to carry the seed of God's love into new places where it can grow to full flower.
As you share in this task remember that God who plants, who waters, who gives the growth is with you always.
Thanks be to God the Gardener!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

For Proper 7C

In the midst of the noisiness of the city, the noisiness of life,
we hunger for a time of peace and quiet.
The God who speaks in grandiose thunder, and also in stillness, has called us together,
we have come together to worship, to be refreshed, to engage the God of noise and silence.

God, once again we have gathered in this place;
once again we are here to explore how you are active in our lives.
In this time of worship, this time of pause from the world,
move among and within us, speak to us in speech and song and silence.
And as we prepare to go back out into the world,
help us carry the confidence that we are not alone, even if we can not hear Your voice we are not alone. Amen.

Our worship comes to a close, our service and ministry continue.
We go out from here to share the love of God with all those we meet.
And as we go, we take hope and courage and strength;
from the knowledge that God is with us always.
Sometimes in noise and flash and grandeur,
and sometimes in the still small silence.
Thanks be to God.

Monday, June 10, 2013

For Proper 6C

Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
God of Grace, we come before you as people who stumble on the path, people who miss the mark from time to time.
Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
God of Grace we rejoice in the promise of forgiveness, of release from the bondage of guilt, of the slate being wiped clean
Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
God of Grace, trusting in your grace we lay our lives – the victories and the defeats – in your lap.
Therefore let all who are faithful offer prayer to you; at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters shall not reach them.
...time of silent prayer...
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.
We are loved, we are welcomed home, we are forgiven. Thanks be to the God of Grace! Hallelujah!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

A summer Prayer for Grace

God of gentle rains and warm sun, God who encourages growth;
we are creatures who sometimes grow quickly, and sometimes get stuck.
God of freedom, of liberation, of binding ropes being cut;
we are bound in ways we don't always understand or recognize.
God of exodus and exile and homecoming, God who calls us to leave where we are and come home;
help us to have the courage to make the journey and to trust in the path.
God of health and healing, God who wants us to be made whole;
we come as people who are wounded in body and in spirit, people who seek healing.
God who has laid out a way for us to live, who has given us rules for living in community;
we come as people who sometimes go astray, people who stretch the rules.
God of Grace, we come as people who live through that Grace.
And so we praise you for the growth, we rejoice in being set free, we dance along the path that leads us home, we give thanks for the healing we have received, we relax in the knowledge that we are forgiven and we live as people of Grace. Amen.

Monday, June 3, 2013

For Proper 5C -- Particularly to go with Psalm 146

In God we trust...
or at least we try to. But sometimes it seems so hard.
In God we trust...
you know it would be easier if we saw clear signs that there was a plan. Or at least were sure things would go the way we want.
In God we trust?
Well to be honest we find it a lot more tempting to trust in ourselves and maybe the people around us ...
“Do not put your trust in mortals in whom there is no help”
Yes we know, we trust and we get burnt. So do we rely only on ourselves?
Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God
In God we trust. God, for those times we find it hard to trust...
Forgive and strengthen us we pray...
...time of silent prayer...
Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God,
who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever;
In God WE Trust! God is steadfast and helps us grow in wisdom. Hallelujah!